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Analysis and comments on (Me up at does) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 9 of 139, added on December 1st, 2004 at 1:28 AM.

acid wasnt discovered till after he wrote this and he was pretty old.

bill from Chile
Comment 8 of 139, added on November 19th, 2004 at 3:40 AM.

It's an interesting poem. There's more to it than meets the eye. The mouse
is poisoned, not dead. But it will die soon. I think cummings is thinking
about, how could someone kill another thing. Be it a mouse. But it could go
farther than that. I think the poem is about indifference to life. How we
can so easily kill something else.

still who alive
is asking What
have i done that
You wouldn't have



Joe from United States
Comment 7 of 139, added on October 20th, 2004 at 9:24 AM.

I think that Cummings is trying to tell us about societies social classes
and how people are so cruel to others.

Lance from United States
Comment 6 of 139, added on October 19th, 2004 at 6:59 AM.

Certain drugs can stimulate the imagination. I wonder if the acid
permanetly altered his though processes...

Anthony from United States
Comment 5 of 139, added on October 10th, 2004 at 9:30 PM.

well even if he is on acid, he still produced something worth reading and
that has been thought provoking. I'd like to see anyone write poetry like
this while drugged.

antris from United States
Comment 4 of 139, added on October 7th, 2004 at 9:27 AM.

He is on acid and many other drugs i read up on him during his teen life.

Chris from Canada
Comment 3 of 139, added on September 27th, 2004 at 11:03 AM.

personally i think the poem is about us looking down on a helpless
creature.. we are so aggravated by this tiny thing living in our house but
the mouse asks us "if you were me, what would you do?"... we wouldnt do
anything differently... we all have to live, no matter how small we are.

yan from United States
Comment 2 of 139, added on September 18th, 2004 at 11:22 PM.

It just goes to show how distilled Cummings can write. in his writing I saw
a much more fatalistic view. To me, the mouse seems to be questioning
social classes. Even more so, the mouse seems to despair at the hand it was
dealt.

I find it amazing that so many interpretations can be wrought from so few
words.

Marc from Canada
Comment 1 of 139, added on September 14th, 2004 at 7:00 PM.

This is a wonderful poem and it begs a good question. I often wonder who
we are to judge; to deal in mercy and cruelty. Am I the only one who's
mixed up the words a million different ways and reread and reread looking
for more? He could always say everything in a few short lines while so
many dangle hopelessly behind him...

Amy

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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Added: Feb 20 2003
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